When I first started in the gym some 10 years ago, I thought I trained hard! But looking back I am amazed how much I have stepped up my game – not just how much I train, but how I lift now compared to then. Results will always come down to how hard you train in the gym and your commitment outside of the gym – I get faster and better results now I know more about what it means to train to the max.
I often see people in the gym probably thinking they are training hard….BUT I can see it’s only 50% or 70% of their true potential. It took me a long time to master “Mind to Muscle”, being able to isolate in my mind the muscle I want to work, and translate it into the focused physical effort on the muscle. It’s easy to allow other muscles to come into play, taking some of the strain, so make sure you are engaging the right muscle and avoid engaging opposing muscles. People tend to focus on lifting a weight from a to b without really thinking about how they are doing it.
And don’t forget the pain! How much pain can you really take? If you want out of the ordinary results you will need to experience a lot of pain…..though make sure it’s the right kind of pain by ensuring you always use safe form.
And finally, Prepare your Mind and Body before going to the gym, Commit mentally before you get to the gym and once there Focus, thinking about nothing else other than smashing your session, taking yourself outside of your comfort zone every time! Don’t be chatting to people you know in the gym, even during rest!! This is when you should be focusing on, and preparing for, the next set. Ask yourself questions…. Am I really training to failure? Am I letting the reps win – could I have done one more in the last set? Did I just give up when I could have used Rest Pause?
Don’t relax until you are into your stretching session after finishing your program. Then take the time to Reflect and be Honest with Yourself...... is there something you could have improved, or could you have lifted a little more, or done more reps…….
IF YOU WANT TO BE A BEAUTY YOU HAVE TO TRAIN LIKE A BEAST!! IF YOU TRAIN LIKE A LIMP SAUSAGE THAT IS WHAT YOU WILL BE!